Truckee’s Danny Davis edges Shaun White in Dew Tour superpipe
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. ” Truckee snowboarder Danny Davis won the superpipe final and Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler topped the women’s field Sunday in the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour.
Davis’ winning run included a switch backside 720, a backside 900, a frontside 1,080 into a cab 1,080, to finish with a frontside 900. He scored 94.75 points.
Shaun White of Carlsbad, Calif., was second with 93.50 points, and Scotty Lago of Seabrook, N.H., was third at 90.00. Elijah Teter of South Lake Tahoe was fourth at 84.75.
White won the slopestyle event Friday and was looking to sweep the two snowboard disciplines. But he was gracious in defeat, giving credit to Davis ” who is originally from Highland, Mich. ” for a strong winning run.
“It was clean. It was smooth and he ended strong,” White said. “It’s nice to see that dude come through because, compared to a lot of guys, he’s overdue for some victories, for sure.”
In the women’s event, Bleiler, from Aspen, took a new approach to her run by choosing not to start it off with her signature crippler trick. Her winning run included a frontside 900 to a backside air crippler, a backside 540 to finish with a frontside 720. She finished with a score of 90.25.
Kelly Clark took second with a score of 86.75, and Elena Hight of South Lake Tahoe was third at 82.00. South Lake Tahoe’s Hannah Teter came in fourth at 78.75.
Jamie Anderson of Tahoe Paradise was fourth in Friday’s women’s slopestyle won by Canadian Spencer O’Brien. Bev Vuilleumier, a former Sierra Nevada College student in Incline Village, finished just ahead of Anderson.
The four-day competition, the first of three stops on the Winter Dew Tour, drew more than 17,000 fans and features men’s and women’s freeskiing and snowboarding disciplines. The tour will visit Mount Snow Resort in Vermont in January and conclude in February at Northstar-at-Tahoe.
On Saturday freeskier Bobby Brown won the slopestyle finals while veteran freeskier Tanner Hall took the superpipe finals in the first stop on the inaugural Winter Dew Tour.
Brown, a 17-year-old from Breckenridge, drew gasps from the crowd with his progressive tricks on the slopestyle course, which included a switch misty 1,080 to a switch double rodeo 900 off the jumps. He finished with a rodeo 450 off the rail.
New Zealand’s Josiah Wells (89.50) was second, followed by Sweden’s Henrik Harlaut (85.67).
In the freeski superpipe event, Hall landed a 1,080 at the bottom of the superpipe for the first time in his competitive career. His run also included back-to-back 900s and an alley oop flatspin to score 90.75 points.
Canadian Justin Dorey was second at 85.50, and 16-year-old Duncan Adams of Breckenridge was third at 81.00.